Low calorie diet could help arthritis sufferers
London: A simple diet, which is very low on calorie and high in protein combined with regular exercise, could end the misery of arthritis for millions of sufferers, according to new research.
A relatively small weight loss can have a dramatic effect by reducing swelling, relieving pain and even helping prevent further deterioration of the joints.
Researchers in Denmark found that patients on the strict diet for 16 weeks lost radical amounts of weight and reported a huge improvement in their pain levels, the Daily Express reported.
The drastic diet is based on an intake of as little as 440 calories a day, as compared to the recommended 2,500 for a man and 2,000 for a woman.
Despite the method being controversial, the results of the study were described as a “revelation” by the team leader.
Volunteers ate special shakes, soups, bars and porridge and took mineral and vitamin supplements to ensure that they received key nutrients.
Moreover, the fat loss did not cause any reduction in the bone mass density.
“It was a fantastic surprise that patients with little or no mobility could lose that amount,” Professor Henning Bliddal, of Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, said.
“Thanks to the diet they were able to reduce their dependence on painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs.”
Although the diet, a form of the Cambridge Weight Plan, proved successful, Prof Bliddal cautioned it is not meant for long-term use.
“Patients are very close to starving in the first few weeks and you cannot go on like that for very long. They need to follow the diet up with a sensible eating plan,” he said.
“Research shows that losing weight, however modest, when combined with exercise, is a panacea at every stage,” Professor Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, said.
“A healthy weight reduces the risk of developing the disease, relieves existing symptoms and helps to prevent further deterioration. Weight loss and exercise has been shown to achieve the same level of symptom relief as joint replacement surgery.”
“There are two major risk factors for developing osteoarthritis – ageing and obesity – and as both these factors are on the rise in the UK, it’s an obvious prediction to make that the outcome could be a massive cost,” he said.
A separate study of 454 patients at Wake Forest University in the US found strict dieting and moderate exercise slashed osteoarthritis knee pain in half.
Researchers concluded that the combination of controlling eating habits and keeping mobile was “potentially one of the best treatments”.
This study has been published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Heat ave continues in India, death toll climbs to over 1,400
- Megastar Amitabh Bachchan slapped with Rs 1 crore notice
- Kenyan lawyer offers to marry Barack Obama's daughter Malia
- Gujjar stir: HC asks Rajasthan govt to clear rail track, roads
- Maggi likely to face ban in India!
- Salman Khan accident files burnt in Mantralaya fire
- AIB: The 'Third Gender's right to dignity'
- Gujjar stir: HC asks Rajasthan govt to clear rail track, roads- Part II
- TERI panel finds RK Pachauri guilty in sexual harassment case
- Rajasthan: High Court raps Chief Secy, DGP for failing to end Gujjar agitation
- Erstwhile Mysuru kingdom gets new king
- Priyanka, Ranveer talk about their film 'Dil Dhadakne Do'
- Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi meets PM Modi
- Meet 92-year-old Phyllis Sues who dances toTango
- DNA: Govt claims no power shortage, but India looms in darkness
- CBSE Class 10 (Class X Board) Result 2015 on cbse.nic.in, cbseresults.nic.in at 2 pm
- GUJCET Results 2015 declared on gseb.org
- Check cbseresults.nic.in, cbse.in for CBSE Class 10 X Board Result at 2 pm
- Centre moves SC against Delhi HC order on LG's powers; hearing on Friday
- Rahul Gandhi takes another dig at NDA govt, says Manmohan gave lessons on economy to PM Modi
- Gujjar agitation: Centre sending additional forces to vacate rail tracks, say sources
- Log on to cbseresults.nic.in, cbse.nic.in at 2 pm for Class 10th Result 2015
- WBCHSE (wbchse.nic.in & wbresults.nic.in): West Bengal Class 12th Result to be declared on May 29
- Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi meets PM Modi, triggers tie-up speculation
- Gujarat Board Results 2015: Gujarat Board HSC class 12th science results to be declared today at 9 AM on gseb.org
- CBSE (cbseresults.nic.in, cbse.nic.in) Class 10th (X Board) Result 2015 declared
- CBSE Board Results 2015: Class 10 Results to be declared on May 28 on cbse.nic.in
- Heatwave toll rises to 1,826, over 1,300 dead in Andhra Pradesh
- Watch: Dance guru Prabhudheva's mind-blowing act in 'Happy Hour' from 'ABCD2'!
- Maggi noodles likely to face ban in India, FSSAI orders sample examination